Martin Odegaard heard angrily shouting two-word message at Bukayo Saka in Arsenal draw

Brighton v Arsenal: Match in pictures

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Arsenal illustrated their defensive mettle once again on Saturday as they kept another clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Brighton at the American Express Community Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side built on their recent defensive performances and have now conceded just one goal in their last four Premier League games.

The Gunners defended well with a centre-back partnership of Ben White and Gabriel and stood firm in the face of everything the hosts could throw at them.

At the other end of the pitch, genuine chances were few and far between, with a number of Arsenal stars flattering to deceive.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggled to hold the ball up against a giant Brighton defence, while Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey failed to control the game from midfield.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were Arsenal’s brightest players on a dreary day on the south coast.

And the duo may have combined to break the deadlock if the latter had squared the ball when through on goal instead of going for glory himself.

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Odegaard, who secured a permanent move to north London from Real Madrid this summer following an impressive loan spell, cut a frustrated figure at times in west Sussex.

If Arsenal are to battle for a European finish this season they need a player who can grab a game by the scruff of its neck and get the side moving forward. Odegaard was not that man on Saturday.

Instead, the 22-year-old was seen jumping up and down when he deemed Aubameyang hadn’t pressed in the right area.

Odegaard could then be heard screaming at Saka to ‘get up’ as Arsenal were pinned back during a spell of Brighton dominance.

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The Norway international was brought off just after the hour mark but Arsenal were unable to find a winner.

The stalemate means the Gunners are now unbeaten in the last four top-flight games and are now just six points behind Chelsea, who top the table.

“In the first half we struggled to dominate the game,” admitted boss Arteta after the match.

“They proposed a really aggressive game – we struggled to break the press and that caused us problems because there was a lot of transitions and one-on-one situations that we could not deal with.

“We improved a little bit in the second half and had a couple of open situations that could have been big chances.

“We managed to get a point today because we defended the last 15-20 metres of the pitch really well.

“I think for the rest there is a lot of things we have to get better at.”

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